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. this is to look at how far we've come as a society. 50 years ago when dr. martin luther king with his dream and it seems thoug as though thingsn jeopardy. >> mike, it is not lost on anybody in this room how lucky we are because the umbrellas are out, and you are in the rain. >> reporter: well of course our textcal crew has provided me with an umbrella, and you can't see it. it is raining, and it has been intermittent off and on. a lot of folks here with their rain gear, but part the clichÉ, it has not dampened the spirits here. we just heard a fantastic medley of spiritual songs and a number of speakers. what strikes me is the number of absolute living legendses who are elderly now, people from the past from the long struggle from the heyday of the civil rights movement. i believe the president is on site now. i just saw the press pool that travels with him. he'll be speaking in 40 minutes time as i understood it. we'll hear from two former presidents, two white southerners, as it would have it. it's been a day of part celebration, part renewal. and we have the historic african-american co
" speech, remembering dr. martin luther king. >>> an army doctor turned killer facing military justice and a jury who will decide if he lives or dies. ♪ >>> we continue to follow the developments that are coming out of syria at this hour. at this hour, that is the syrian ambassador to the united nations addressing the security council there which is meeting to determine what to do next. >> all of the details related to this situation. i am in your hands. >> reporter: do you want the team to find out -- assign responsibility for the incidents? and when did angela kaine request to visit guda? there seems to be some disparity there? they are saying there was a five-day delay. >> mr. angela kaine concluded an agreement with the syrian government with regard to her visit, and the visit was granted. she was granted with her team to to go to the locations where the chemical -- where the allegations of the use of chemical weapons -- are there. so there were -- there were no delay whatsoever, and she was granted access to the locations that she and the other doctor wanted to visit. >> reporte
dr. martin luther king, jr. theme >> the u.n. special enjoy to syria wants to see the evidence the u.s. and its allies say they have concerning a chemical weapons attack in that nation. he spoke only one hour ago as the world awaits action on president bashar assad's regime. we've seen the images of the children and family suffering from symptoms similar to those caused by chemical weapons. the enjoy said the evidence does suggest some sort of chemical weapon was used, killing hundreds. >> i know that the americans and the british and others say that they know that chemical weapons have been used. what we have been told is that this evidence that the americans, the british, the french say they have is going to be shared with us. it hasn't been until now, and we will be very, very, very interested in hearing from them what this evidence they have is. >> a u.s. coalition strike on syria is very much at the center of international debate this morning. france's parliament is holding a special session to discuss syria. other voices before and against are now weighing in. british fin
the entire, i have a dream speech by dr. martin luther king, jr. that. before kevin finally came home and the first grandchild arrived, before the sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and brad's brief brush with the law... man: smile. before the second british invasion... before katie, debbie, kevin, and brad... before they became a family, there was a connection that started it all and made the future the wonderful thing it turned out to be. we know we're not the center of your life, but we'll do our best to help you connect to what is. >>> the following limited commercial presentation is made possible by bank of america. >>> as dawn broke on washington, d.c., 50 years ago today, no one knew what to expect. dr. martin luther king, junior had been up most of the night in his room writing and rewriting the speech he was to give that day, though the most sub lime passage would never appear on that page. the earliest press reports that morning suggested that only about 25,000 people would show up. organizers of the march on washington for jobs and freedom were nervous. putting out fires, worki
ago today, no one knew what to expect. dr. martin luther king, junior had been up most of the night in his room writing and rewriting the speech he was to give that day, though the most sublime passage would never appear on that page. the earliest press reports that morning suggested that only about 25,000 people would show up. organizers of the march on washington for jobs and freedom were nervous. putting out fires, working behind the scenes to keep the collision behind the march in tact and preparing to channel the sea of humanity that they hoped to call forth. and then the buses and the trains came, and the people came with them by the thousands. and by that afternoon, more than 200,000 people, black and white spread out before the shadow of the great emancipator, disciplined and exuding the spirit of solidarity. they listened to speakers one by one who called the nation to meet the demands that justice placed upon it, and about 2:40 in the afternoon, the last speaker rose to the lectern. some fretted the tv cameras would be gone by the time the reverend spoke having already lef
and the dreamer today. it was 50 years ago today that dr. martin luther king gave his famous "i have a dream" speech. thousands of people have gathered at the mall for a very special program that will take place throughout the course of the day. in a couple of hours president obama is expected to speak at exactly 3:00. we're going to hear from members of dr. king's family as well as others. mike viqueira is there live. he joins us now. so much history on that site, and also an indication that so much has changed. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, del, you may notice a my it contraband umbrellas sprouted in the crowd. they were not supposed to be brought through security, but the lucky few who got them through. you may her the cheers behind me, 50 years to the day this began in washington. this began with a commemoration, a religion service, and shiloh baptist church. there was a march on the other end of the war down to the lincoln memorial. we've heard a number of speake speakers. >> we're obviously having difficulties with the situation down there on the mall. one of the people who has
of people desnded on the nation's capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of dr. martin luther king's "i have a dream" speech. president obama spoke on that same spot. live at the lincoln memorial. good evening, steve. >> reporter: good evening. organizers say 100,000 people came here to washington today, most including president obama believe we have come a long way in our nation. it is still divided by race but nowhere near as badly as we were when dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his speech here in washington in 1963. 50 years later marching in washington again was ducky burris. less emotional this time. >> now i'm 77. >> reporter: is it because things are better now? >> things are better in some areas. >> reporter: half a century later on this day as the crowd gathered in the rain at the lincoln memorial only 54% of americans believe the dream has been achieved. only 21% of african-americans do. congressman john lewis is the sole surviving speaker from '63. >> 50 years later we can ride anywhere we want to ride, we can say what we want to say. those lines that say whites and colored a
and published an ad calling on dr. martin luther king to stop the protests, to work inside the system and stop organizing these demonstrations. to stop being the outside agitator, he responded with a letter from the birmingham jail which he wrote longhand in the margins of the newspaper in which he was able to read the ad and read the stories of his fellow ministers criticizing his tactics. his arrest was one component of a big activist plan for birmingham that year. birmingham was seen as being among the most impossible places for progress. it was the most stubborn, the most violent, the most rigidly opposed to desegregation. the plan was to push there in one of the worst places notice country. and see what happened. see how they responded to pressure. and after what they thought was a slow start of sit-ins and protests in the first eight days a total of 150 people had been arrested and taken to jail, that sounds like a lot, but for the time it was disappointingly low, after that, what they perceived to be a slow start in birmingham, on april 12th, dr. king was arrested himself, and 50 others
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on washington ahead of the 50th anniversary of reverend dr. martin luther king jr.'s "i have a dream" speech. we're live at the national mall. >> we were up all night every night just wondering if it's going to come across the line and come toward us. >> home owners on edge as a massive wildfire burns out of control in yosemite national park. the latest on the efforts to beat back the flames. >> and the nsa getting a big endorsement after months of controversy over surveillance programs. we'll tell you who is now defending the embattled agency. >> we begin with a fox news alert out of our nation's capital, president obama holding an emergency meeting today with his national security team. it happened early this morning. on the disturbing reports of a chemical weapons attack in syria and while a u.s. military response is still anything but certain, there are already indications we may be prepared more than ever. to take steps if the president deems it necessary. we go live to washington for more on this. >> reporter: hi, greg. the navy has sent a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles into
the march on washington ahead of the 50th anniversary of reverend dr. martin luther king jr.'s "i have a dream" speech. we're live at the national mall. >> we were up all night every night just wondering if it's going to come across the line and come toward us. >> home owners on edge as a massive wildfire burns out of control in yosemite national park. the latest on the efforts to beat back the flames. >> and the nsa getting a big endorsement after months of controversy over surveillance programs. we'll tell you who is now defending the embattled agency. >> we begin with a fox news alert out of our nation's capital, president obama holding an emergency meeting today with his national security team. it happened early this morning. on the disturbing reports of a chemical weapons attack in syria and while a u.s. military response is still anything but certain, there are already indications we may be prepared more than ever. to take steps if the president deems it necessary. we go live to washington for more on this. >> reporter: hi, greg. the navy has sent a fourth warship armed with ball
history with barack obama speaking almost on the minute at the same time as dr. martin luther king spoke 50 years ago. >> do americans feel the division martin luther king laid out has been real honest? >> i talked to amanda earlier today who said dr. martin luther king would have never, ever imagined speaking of an african- american president because he would've never thought it would come true within 50 years, yet here we are. on the other side, many feel the dream is still unfulfilled and parts. current things contribute to that, for example, a young african-american teenager got shot in 2012 in florida. the verdict this year was that he was not -- that he was shot in different -- in self-defense and many people in america feel it would have been different if it was a white teenager. as the supreme court overturned a very important piece of legislation -- the voting rights act which helped african- americans to vote area does, that is why many say here that the dream has come a long way but there are still a long way to go. >> max, thank you very much. >> when martin luther king gave
of others. >> president obama on the mall today pay be tribute to dr. martin luther king junior and all those who marched 50 years ago. thousands participated in today's celebration, and it not only noted the progress but the ground that yet needs to be traveled. >> bells rang out at the exact hour martin luther king's dream sang out. >> president obama, the nation's first black president, standing exactly where dr. king stood reflecting on the progress and the work that remains. >> no one can match king's brilliant, but the same flame that lit the heart of all who are willing to take the first step for justice. i know that flame remains. >> and other times, focusing on on examples where the dream is falling short today. jim kroll had a son called james kroll junior, esquire. he puts it in language that looks different but the results are the same. >> unemployment, homelessness, poverty, hunger, are the renewed struggle for voting rights. we must never, ever give up. >> reporter: president obama and others pointed out the original march was about jobs and economic justice, noting the un
mall to hear the reverend dr. martin luther king deliver one of the most famous speeches in american history. some of the thousands in washington were actually there on august 28, 1963. as we take a look at the scenes from 50 years ago and many on hand today who weren't even born yet. all celebrating the great strides america has made on race since the darkest days of the civil rights era. and also acknowledging their there is much more that can and must be done. we will go live to the washington monument in just a few minutes. we begin with a fox news alert out of our nation's capital where president obama has been holding a meeting that could have phonily major implication as he and his national security team discuss reports of a chemical weapons attack in syria. and at an investigation that could soon lead to some kind of u.s. military response. hello. i'm kelly wright. welcome to a brand new hour of "america's news headquarters." >> i'm heather chillders. u.n. investigators arrive on the ground to try to get access to the scene of that horrific alleged chemical attack. and as we
birmingham, somebody birmingham. >> dr. martin luther king was invited to come to birmingham to help with the situation. >> as difficult as it is, we must meet hate with love. >> we would also meet at 16th street baptist church. that was the meeting place for dr. king. ♪ i'm on my way >> it was always firey meetings with a lot of good singing, a lot of good friends. ♪ i'm on my way ♪ i'm on my way ♪ to freedom at last >> dr. king was arrested on good friday april 12th, 1963. he was jailed for parading without a permit. so dr. king is in jail, and i don't know how many, but a substantial number of people, young people particularly in jail -- when i say young people, i'm talking about kids 14 to 18. there may have been some younger, but 14 to 18, and being in jail overnight is one thing, but being in jail more than one or two nights became a major issue. i think the first time i visited him may have been that saturday. as i approached the jail, i had the burden of being identified as quote, dr. king's new york lawyer. so the parents, as i went in to see dr. king, they were shou
conversation about civil rights in america. highlighted by the march and by dr. martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech are still alive today. still ahead, we'll examine inquality and social justice. finally, we'll take you to an organizer who was there. joyce ladner. >> i had a stage pass. no one on that stage had ever seen that many people before. that's the major one memory. i have a lot of others as well. >> was it an energetic crowd? was it a me mesmerized crowd? >> it was a very friendly crowd. it was almost like meeting new friends. it was easy going. it was an easy crowd. >> was there a sense that eventually society would progress and things would change? >> there was but i think it had -- that had a lot to do with the expectations of the people of my parents' generation they had of us. and you know, also, a lot of black fathers gone -- were in world war ii and they went to fight for democracy and they came back and still had segregation and a lot of discrimination. so they expected us to be that generation that would change things. but i think if there was one symbol, that we al
got to have some sense in birmingham. >> dr. martin luther king was invited to come to birmingham to help with the situation. >> as difficult as it is we must meet hate with love. >> dr. king was arrested on good friday, april 12, 1 19 1963. he was jailed for parading without a permit. he said have you seen this? i said what is this? he holds up a newspaper and in that newspaper there is a full-page ad signed by eight prominent white clergy men from birmingham. he was angry, he was hurt, but he was motivated like i'd never seen him motivated. i didn't pay any tensio attentio the letter. didn't even think about it. it was not in my mind until i suddenly learned that i think the quakers were going to public the letter in one of their newsletters, and that the letter using today's terminology, the letter went viral. >> i think the most important document of the 20th century, very much like the gettysburg address. >> dear fellow clergymen, while sitting in the birmingham jail i read your letter calling our activities unwise and untimely. >> your statements i'm sorry to say fail to exp
and ground assault to put it out. >>> 50 years ago today, dr. martin luther king jr. delivered one of the world's most memorable messages. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, august 28th. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm richard louie. >>> senior u.s. officials tell nbc news a u.s.-led military strike against syria could be launched as early as tomorrow. momentum for action against the alleged chemical attacks appears to be building globally. british prime minister david cameron called his parliament back to debate a response. an emergency vote will be held thursday. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says israel will respond with force if syria does anything to harm israel. the arab league is blaming the syrian government, demanding international trials. but venezuela president nicolas madura, a close ally of syria's president assad, says military action could essentially be the beginning of a great international firestorm. nbc's aymman joins us now. >> reporter: washington says this is not about regime change, that the united
carter, bill clinton and barack obama speak from the same steps where dr. martin luther king jr. delivered the historic speech. organizers expect thousands to turnout to show that dr. king's dream still lives on. a day will begin with prayer at the shiloh baptist church. >> we were behind where dr. king's shoulder is, we were close enough to be able to hear all the speeches. >> lynn was just 16 when she attended the 1963 march on washington, dc, and hopes today's speeches inspire younger generations to keep fighting for justice. >> what is disturbing is to see that even with the black president we still have a long way to go. >> congressman john lewis a young student agoer and a line still resonates. >> "let freedom ring." people across america if their hearts believe freedom should ring for everyone. >> this afternoon, bells from church towers this washington to government buildings an the world will ring in honor of the famous phrase "let freedom read." >> thank you very much. stay with abc7 news and we have continuing cork on the march on washington the 50th anniversary when
to today. the first african-american president led the tribute to dr. martin luther king's "i have a dream" speech from those same steps. here's danielle nottingham. >> reporter: members of the king family and three u.s. presidents helped ring a bell marking the hour dr. martin luther king, jr. delivered his landmark speech. >> i have a dream today! >> reporter: president obama stood in the same spot where dr. king addressed a crowd of 250,000 in 1963. >> because they marched city councils changed and state legislatures changed and congress changed and, yes, eventually the white house changed. >> reporter: those here 50 years ago echoed calls to keep king's dream alive. >> we must never, ever give up. we must never, ever give in. we must keep the faith and keep our eyes on the prize. >> reporter: tens of thousands joined together in the rain for speeches, music and dance on the national mall. many weren't alive when king gave voice to the struggle for racial equality and others are civil rights veterans. this person helped organize the lunch counter sit-ins in mississippi. >> i had my arm
>>> 50 years after dr. martin luther king told hundreds of thousands he had a dream. the first black president will remember king's live and legacy standing in almost the very same spot at the lincoln memorial as we look at that live right now. president obama will be joined by former presidents clinton and carter and celebrity rights and leaders as well. 50 years after one of the greatest speeches in political history, the president is expected to touch on the very same themes of justice and equality and opportunity. he will praise how far we have come but acknowledge how far we have left to go. perhaps he'll take a page from dr. king's book and transform words we have heard so many times into something unforgettable. "my country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee i sing. land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." >> let freedom ring. the theme for today's event as the president prepares for this speech, he'll also be juggling everything else that is going on around the world. topping that list is syria. it ap
mean he's been stabbed? >> what would dr. martin luther king jaermt say about the widespread violence devastated communities across the nation? >> we're here together. we're online tied. >> this 30-minute documentary inspired by that question. >> i wonder if a lot of this is happening because we've let over youth down to some extent? >> seven photo journalism interviewed people torn apart by stabbings here in the bay area and they attended prayer vigils and peace rallilies. >> the community has answers. we have to bring the community together and solve the problem. >> for the students, this was a life-changing experience and one they hope affects change in their community. >> i feel instead of like what he taught us was take our hands out of our pocket. we should love one another. what we do today is pulling guns out of our pocket. >> a community banding together will break apart the violence happening today and i didn't realize that coming into this. >> this weekend, nbc bay area will reair the "meet the press" interview with dr. martin luther king jeermt unedited in igts entirety "r
since dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his "i have a dream" speech. yet americans remain deeply divided over just how color blind our country is today. details next. >>> heading into the fifty anniversary of martin luthening king jr.'s "i have a dream" speech, the majority of white americans believe we've become a color blind society. but only 20% of african-americans say we are color blind. nbc's rehema ellis reports on the impact of dr. king's legacy and what it means to young people today. >> at the city pool in cincinnati, ohio, these kids will tell you, they are living part of dr. king's dream. >> we can all play together and drink the same water, go to the same water fountain. >> without him, we would never be able to do that. >> we really hope that one day that everybody can just be treated equally and fairly and no discrimination. >> you three are? >> on a hot summer day we got nine young students age 12 to 16 years old to talk about a way of life in america that they've never known. a time when hundreds of thousands marched on washington for jobs and freedom. and martin
rights speech delivered by dr. martin luther king, jr. theme >> strike on syria, all eyes are on the u.s. this morning to see how it will respond to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack by the assad regime. the u.n. envoy suggests that a chemical weapon was used. the chorus of other international voices weigh in. british prime minister david cameron drafted a resolution on syria to be presented to the u.n. security council today. all members of u.n. security council especially russia are urged to back the resolution. russia warns against a strike, saying any intervention without a resolution would have "catastrophic consequences." iran has also weighed in, lawmakers issuing tacker warnings to the u.s. and allies saying war with syria would lead to retaliation on israel fanned by the flames of outrage. >> the u.s. is a driving force for an any intervention. we're hearing a decision could be made any day now. what's the latest? >> the official line is that the president is still consulting with top members of his cabinet, top security advisers. members of congress are being called
on the importance of his vision. the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. was born in 1929 in atlanta, georgia. he became a leader who dedicated his whole life to fighting racial discrimination. he delivered his "i have a dream" speech at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c., on august 28th, 1963. >> i have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> his historic speech electrified millions of americans who were fighting for civil rights. he received the nobel peace prize the following year for his tireless work, but during a visit to tennessee in 1968 he was shot and killed. he was just 39 years old. on saturday, thousands gathered in washington to commemorate his historic speech. >>> the vision laid out by dr. king has been remembered and celebrated around the world. in tokyo, a concert was held to honor his dream. ezra brown is a saxophone player from the state of mississippi. he arrived in tokyo on august 28th to commemorate the historic day. the m
years ago marching beside activists following dr. martin luther king, jr. and other leaders that would become icons. at saturday's rally to kick off the 50th anniversary, johnson wears the pin she got at the first march in 1963. >> it was just a warm feeling then and it's a warm feeling noup. -- now. and i'm pleased to come and commemorate dr. martin luther king. >> thousands gathered for a celebration of freedom in washington, d.c. passionate speakers paid tribute to those who fought for racial quality and those who continue to fight for various issues. > he says there has been a lot of progress in the passing time and change moving forward is everyone's responsibility. >> all of us, it doesn't matter whether we're black or white, latino or native american. it doesn't matter whether we are straight or gay, we are one people, we are one family, we are one house. we all live in the same house. >> a march and anthem reminiscent of the scene five decades ago. a memory cher risched to this day. >> this day made everything we went through. it's a blessing. president obama and form irpreside
at last! thank god almighty, we are free at last!" >> the entire speech given by dr. martin luther king, 17 minutes of it. and today freedom did ringing in 300 separate sites where bellss tolled across this country, nearly every state marking this moment. joining me now from washington, congresswoman eleanor holmes norton, democrat washington, d.c. who worked in the march organizing office in harlem 50 years ago, an historian michael beschloss, msnbc analyst, eugene robinson and chris matthews host of "hardball" "hardball." i'm fighting back the tears. i think that's the first time in my life, i am 43, that i saw the entire speech. it is amazing. you were there. you helped organize and i read an article where you said you didn't know if he would be able to measure up. all day you had heard incredible speakers and then dr. king came on. tell me again how that day was for you. >> well, i think he had an incredible challenge because what history has forgotten is how extraordinairery were all of the six civil rights leaders wowed me. but i have to tell you, he has just done it again to me.
'm jim vance. 50 years after dr. martin luther king jr. told us his dream for america, we are reminded of how far we have come and how far we still have to go. just as 50 years ago today started with a march. thousands of people walking, some hand in hand, demanding jobs and justice. >> on the steps of the lincoln memorial where dr. king gave his most famous speech, we heard from congressman john lewis, the last surviving speaker from the 1963 event. members of the king family and former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter also addressed the crowd. >> bells rang across this country at 3:00 this afternoon. 50 years after dr. king called upon america to let freedom ring. president obama honored those who marched for all that we have today but he also said the march isn't over. >> the universe may bend toward justice but it doesn't bend on its own. to secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance not complacency. whether by challenging those who erect new barriers to the vote or ensuring that the scales of justice work equally for all in the criminal justice syst
[music] welcome. in 1963 dr. martin luther king called for racial justice and equality. >> i gave blood on that bridge in alabama. i will not stand by while they take the right to vote away from us. this summer the supreme court struck down and there will be tighter voting laws. >> voting rights is really -- when we look at the right to vote. it is the avenue for which we show we care if we care about criminal justice issues it is a at the ballot we can voice our opinion of issues. it essentially mutes americans to speak on the other issues. >> i heard from a lot of african/americans that they care about, one was the travon martin voter. >> all generations and all demographics. this attack on voting rights we are are seeing across the demographics that care about this issue. inspirational photos that came from washington. young people we see who are there and think the issues are extremeliy important. it speaks to the desire of americans to fight for this fundamental right that is a part of the values of our democracy. >> young americans didn't experience what it was like to grow up. of
the reverend dr. martin luther king deliver one of the most famous speeches in american history. today those who were there converged again to galvanize a new generation. nbc's kristen welker is on the mall for this dramatic day. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. today the mall was filled with more than 200,000 people, all here to remember and to continue the fight that gained new ground here a half a century ago. marching in unity, another step these folks say in the nation's long journey toward civil rights. >> we do still care about our rights and our civil rights. >> reporter: today a sea of people came from all across the country, including russell grady who boarded a bus early this morning in patterson, new jersey. >> i'm energized. >> reporter: the 82-year-old took part in the march on z washington nearly 50 years ago. >> my gut feeling then it, we didn't know if we could make the progress that we've made. but today i can say that we've made a lot of progress. >> free at last. free at last! >> reporter: on that day dr. martin luther king jr. delivered wo
. and of course a very close friend to dr. martin luther king jr. he'll be the opening speaker here a little bit later on this morning. then president obama will be the speakered feature in between lots of other people, key figures in government, and there will be performances here as well. as you might imagine, the effort to get here has been monumental. we told you about how a lot of roads around the mall were closing today as people needed to make their way here. they're still getting here. the question will be later today how will they get home as a lot of roads will still be impacted. adam tusk has that part of our coverage. >> road closures and restrictions still in place here as we hit the midday and as we go into the afternoon. let's take a look out our live drive cam here. this is memorial circle as we go through memorial bridge. we've been telling you all day to expect barricades, closures, those kinds of things. we're hitting them right here as we go up through the circle. seeing lots of flashing lights. memorial bridge shut down for most of the day today. the question will be, how yo
one year later. they heard the reverend dr. martin luther king deliver a speech of history. today they converged to galvanize a new generation. nbc's kristen welker is on the mall for this dramatic day. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. today the mall was filled with more than 200,000 people, all here to remember and to continue the fight that gained new ground here a half a century ago. ♪ marching in unity, another step these folks say in the nation's long journey toward civil rights. >> we do still care about our rights and our civil rights. >> reporter: today a sea of people came from all across the country, including russell grady who boarded a bus early this morning in patterson, new jersey. >> i'm energized. >> reporter: the 82-year-old took part in the march on washington nearly 50 years old. >> my gut feeling then it, we didn't know if we could make the progress that we've made. but today i can say that we've made a lot of progress. >> free at last. free at last! >> reporter: on that day dr. martin luther king jr. delivered words that made
back to "the ed show." dr. martin luther king on "meet the press," back on march 28th, 1965. he was talking about voting rights then. and fast forward 50 years to today, we are talking about voting rights at this rally here in washington, d.c. joining me now is ohio state senator, nina turner, who is running for secretary of state in the state of ohio. nina, great to have you with us. >> good to be here, ed. >> the integrity of the vote and the attack on voting rights obviously was big conversation here in washington today. it is real, what we're seeing in north carolina, what we were seeing in texas, the attitude of conservative legislators to restrict the vote, to make it harder. you have seen in this ohio as well. ohio is going to be huge in '14 and '16. in fact, we are reminded by the political experts constantly that the road to the white house goes through ohio. what do you see unfolding? what is the landscape right now and what has to be done? >> well, there is a sense of synergy, energy, and urgency, ed. to hear what dr. king just said, that clip you just played, it was
a dream march of dr. martin the talking. 50 years ago, -- today dr. martin luther king dr. martin luther king dr. martin luther king's gamal on august 28th, 1963 dr. martin luther king had a dream. 50 years later, michael yaki is joining us and you are also a member of several rights. this new poll from the washinwashington street journal saying that 54 percent there ithis is a country that people are judged on their character based on their color. and we should add that those percentages have declined since barack obama took office. what do think of the country now? >> there is a lot of hope. however, after the campaign we had people that were emotional and people were chanting racial epithats.. which was not appropriate. however, the tone has changed. you can see like issues for voting, they are really targeting and focusing on the progress made. >> we can see that this file footage is 50 years ago. there were people of all colors that filled the national mall. yet, the affirmative action do you think that the tone has changed because we have an african-american president? >> there is
of government in a ceremony on the lincoln memorial. the same location where dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his i have a dream speech. you would hear from the reverend holder, then, eric reverend al sharpton, among others as a picture butte to the events of the day -- as they pay tribute to the events of the day. >> for those of us from the south, 50 years ago we received our marching orders when dr. martin luther king jr. quote it the prophet isaiah, i have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill should be made low and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the lord should be revealed and all flesh. and this is the faith that we go back to the south with and those are our marching orders and this is the faith that we go back to the south with. yes, the south. where some are still trying to fight the civil war. where we areh witnessing this vicious attack on voters, voting rights, and the blatant voting suppression i .ne particular political party yes, the south where young teenage african-american boys cannot walk the streets of his f
have a dream. jon: five decades after dr. martin luther king, jr. spoke at the lincoln memorial, president obama and other dignitaries will stand on the same steps to commemorate the march on washington, the same steps where dr. king delivered his "i have a dream" speech to a quarter of a million people and thousands are expected to gather there today. we will have much more on today's events throughout our time on the air. >> top story now. a fox news alert. preparations for a strike on syria. right now u.s.-led air or missile strikes, they're looking all but certainty point. the timing is still unclear but the obama administration is working out we're told all the details. the u.n. security council, set for a showdown. and britain is saying it will put forward a resolution seeking authorization for military action. russia calling the move premature. and american ally israel is bracing for possible retaliation. it is already been threatened. all of this happening as u.n. chemical weapons inspectors in damascus are saying they need at least four more days to finish their investi
♪ >>> it is an emotional week here in washington as the city marks the 50th anniversary of dr. martin luther king jr's i have a dream speech. which was delivered on the steps of the lincoln memorial. but there was another message from dr. king that historians agree set in motion a revolutionary movement, one which lead to the march on washington. tonight the story of the letter from a birmingham jail. >> when you were coming to birmingham in 1963, you were coming to ku klux klan country. birmingham had nor unsolved bombings of negro homes and churches than any other city in the nation. the ku klux klan and racial segregationalists were not about to let some negro preacher from atlanta or some group of demonstrators either in birmingham or outside the state to come and change their way of life. this is our place. this is our power. how dare you come in and want to take -- share our power from us. >> it was some very dark days in birmingham, alabama. >> in birmingham then the police was the back person niggers fear. >> they had intimidated the working black people, and dr. king knew that. the movement was
. >>> 50 yorg dr. martin luther king jr. gave his famous i have a dream speech on the steps of the lincoln memorial, today thousands rallied in washington paying tribute to historic anniversary. today's march is not just about martin luther king jr. it's about remembering and paying tribute to an unforgettable moment in time when the civil rights movement was the national conversation. cnn's chris lawrence has extraordinary moments from today's march on washington. >> reporter: for thousands of people from all over the world each with their own story to tell and reason for coming here, it's hard to sum it all up, so here's a look at some of the sights and sounds from today's event at the national mall. >> keep dreaming of the constitutional right to vote, stop the madness in texas, keep dreaming. keep dreaming about the war in poverty. keep dreaming. to go from stop and frisk to stop and employ. stop and educate. stop and house. stop and choose schools over jails. keep dreaming. >> as we gather today, 50 years later, their march is now our march, and it must go on. and our focus has broade
that dr. martin luther king, jr. had for all. >> i have a dream. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. [ bottle ] ensure®. nutrition inharge™. ♪ [ male announcer ] bob's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. >>> celebrations under way in our nation's capitol. the legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr. we're taking you live to the lincoln memorial, 50 years after the march on washington and dr. martin luther king, jr.'s, i have dream speech. and president obama will stand on those same steps. it brought change at a time protesters were fighting for equal treatment under the law. live at the lincoln memorial with a look at today's events. hello, doug. >> reporter: hi, shannon, the crowd is beginning to build d
to walk down those stairs and follow in the footsteps of dr. martin luther king jr. >> well, that's right. of course, you're telling the good part of the story. i'm not sure it's my job to repeat that. >> well, that's the great part of the story on this 50th anniversary, isn't it? >> well, let me tell you, when you study the speech of dr. king here 50 years ago, the first part of the speech was a tough indictment of a promissory note, the emancipation proclamation issued in 1963. he said five score years later i'm coming to collect it, but it's a bad check so far. and we're not going to put up with this waiting period anymore. so the other part of the speech at the end was about i have a dream. but the tough indictment in the first half was to the white establishment of this country saying, you have given us a bad check, and we're not going to put up with it anymore. so i do think, i do think we have to have both speeches today, both messages. my experience in life is it's better to put forth the challenge than to be the cheerleader. >> well, the challenge is already put forth. i think th
. ♪ sleep train ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ where 50 years ago today, dr martin luther king deliveres iconic " i have a dream spe. arations are und >>> taking you live to the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c. where 50 years ago today, dr. martin luther king delivered his speech. preparations are now under way for today's march on washington. president obama will be attending the ceremony. he will be joined by former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton. obama considers the historic event of 1963 to be a seminal event. he says the anniversary is a time to reflect on how far the country has come and how far it still has to go. a bay area man was there 50 years ago to witness history in the making. >> i knew that this man was going to do something magnificent and that's what he did. >> later this morning, cecil williams tells kpix 5 what it was like to be there and how the speech inspired him to make a difference. >>> well, it's 5:14. let's kick it over to liz and find out what's going on in trafficland. >> not much. it's pretty quiet. we like to hear that because tomorr
disputes in the south china sea. 50 years ago, dr. martin luther king jr. inspired a nation with his now iconic "i have a dream" speech. coming up, how thousands commemorated the anniversary and honored dr. king with their own march on washington. >> 50 years ago, u.s. civil rights leader dr. martin luther king jr. gave his famous "i have a dream" each of the march on washington. today, thousands returned to the national mall to celebrate that anniversary. >> it was a very exciting day on the mall, despite a bit of rain. people came from all over the country to reflect on dr. king's legacy and take stock of what still needs to be done to make his dream a reality. on a rainy afternoon, 50 years later, dr. martin luther king's famous words still echo through the steps of the lincoln memorial. >> i have a dream. >> for michael howard andrea miller, who traveled from california for the 50th anniversary of the march on washington, the dream is still very much alive. >> it was a dream to think i would live to see a black president. or even a dream to believe that there would be there or better
anniversary of the march on washington. it was on this day in 1963, dr. martin luther king shared his dream of the american future. >> when all of god's children, black men, and white men, jews and gentiles, protestants and catholics will be able to join hands. >> more than 2,000 people heard the historic address as they crowded together on the national mall in the sweltering august heat. today's events were rich in historic symbolism, as kraig bosswell reports. >> reporter: bells range out at the let freedom ring commemoration at the exact hour dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his now famous vision. the unforgettable voice paved the way for this moment. president obama, the nation's first black president, spending exactly where dr. king stood, reflecting on the progress and the work that remains. >> no one can match king's brilliance, but the same flame that let the heart of all who were willing to take the first step for justice, i know that flame remains. >> jim crow had a son called james crow jr. esquire. he writes voting suppression laws, and puts it in language that looks differ
. of course dr. martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech before a crowd of a quarter million people in washington and millions more on television watched on that 1963 day. his remarks galvanized the civil rights movement. president obama called it one of the five greatest speeches in american history. >> when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city. we will be able to speed up that day with all of god's children, black men and white men, jews and gentiles, protestants and catholic, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old knnegro spiritual, freet last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last. >> to think the most famous part of the speech was ad libbed. at this hour, thousands are retracing the steps of the original marchers heading down constitution avenue to the washington memorial and the national mall. two hours from now, a program commemorating the march and the speech will begin. then some time after 2:00, president obama and former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter will speak on the steps of t
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